Language and communication are at the
heart of the human experience. The
United States must educate students who are linguistically and culturally equipped
to communicate successfully in a pluralistic
American society and abroad. This
imperative envisions a future in which
ALL students will develop and maintain
proficiency in English and at least one
other language, modern or classical.
Children who come to school from non-English backgrounds should also have
opportunities to develop further proficiencies
in their first language.
The World Language Curriculum Committee recommends world language pedagogical practices be consistent with the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning (1996) and focus on the five content standards: Communication, Connections, Comparisons, Cultures, and Communities.
» Students are encouraged to use all levels of thinking skills, e.g., they repeat, recognize and recall as well as apply, create, and predict.
» The teacher and students use a variety of print and non-print materials including authentic target language sources.
» The teacher and students are not text-bound throughout instructional time. The text is used as an instructional tool within the curriculum.
» The teacher and students communicate purposefully in the target language as listeners, speakers, readers, writers and viewers.
» The teacher uses specific error correction in activities that focus on accuracy and little or no error correction in activities that focus on communication.
» Instruction includes a combination of student-centered and teacher-centered activities. Activities involve student to student interactions as well as teacher to student interactions. Students work independently, in pairs, and in groups. Students ask and answer questions and use the language for spontaneous communication.
» The teacher models positive attitudes toward cultural diversity.
» Culture is a natural component of instruction.
» The physical environment reflects the target language and culture.
» The learning environment encourages students to express themselves in the target language.